The Whitsundays | Things to do

You’ll be captivated by these 74 picture-perfect islands, home the iconic Whitehaven Beach, and the impossibly perfect Heart Reef.

Sail the Whitsundays

Be the captain of your own bareboat on a sailing adventure or let someone else do the work with a fully crewed charter. Take a day cruise through the islands or drop anchor in a secluded bay and spend the night on the boat. Rub shoulders with the yachties at the annual Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Show me more Whitsunday events

Islands

Check into a luxury resort or family-friendly apartment on busy Hamilton Island or kayak around the Ngaro Sea Trail and stop off to camp on uninhabited Henning or Hook islands. Zip around the islands by jet boat with Ocean Rafting and swim at stunning Hill Inlet on Whitsunday Island.


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Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsundays sit in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, so you can snorkel straight from the beach on Hook and Dumbbell islands. Get your scuba-diving certificate in Hamilton Island’s Dolphin Pool or stay dry and see the reef from a glass-bottom boat. Treat yourself to a scenic flight over the magical Heart Reef, a perfectly shaped outcrop on Hardy Reef.

Beaches

It’s consistently named as one of the best beaches in the world, and no visit to the Whitsundays is complete without burying your toes in the powdery sands of Whitehaven Beach. Don’t miss the eight beaches around Bowen, where you can walk right from the sand on to the reef. 

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Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$200 - 500
Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays, opened November 2016, is destined to become an iconic landmark in luxury, boutique, upscale hotel accommodation in the Whitsundays. Hunt Design Architects have captured the essence of a tropical Queenslander with an impeccable design that is elegant and timeless.

Airlie Beach Hotel

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$205 - 350
At the Airlie Beach Hotel you are at the epicentre of Airlie Beach with easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands and their many attractions. The Airlie Beach Hotel offers majestic island and ocean views on one side and the main street of Airlie Beach on the other.

NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$40 - 170
NRMA Bowen Beachfront Holiday Park is like a tropical island paradise. Stay in absolute waterfront cabins and caravan and camping sites overlooking Queens Bay or air-conditioned pool view family cabins.

Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$390 - 1475
The Reef View Hotel has many amenities, including a 35-metre swimming pool, the Reef Lounge bar, and in-house Pool Terrace Restaurant serving buffet breakfast, light lunches and à la carte dinner menu.

Hamilton Island Palm Bungalows

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$380 - 495
Romantic and affordable, Hamilton Island Palm Bungalows are designed for couples and families holidaying on a budget. Surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens and Hamilton Island's lush foliage, the bungalows have everything you need for a comfortable island holiday.

Queens Beach Tourist Village

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
From AU$100 - 135
Queens Beach is Bowen's most northern seaside suburb. It is located just five kilometres from the Central Business District and offers a relaxed environment with lots to see and do. Queens Beach Tourist Village is nestled amongst seven acres of award winning garden sites, just a short stroll to a beautiful sandy beach, playgrounds, seaside golf course, walking track with exercise equipment along it, tennis courts, lawn bowls, medical centre, cinemas, hotel, TAB, takeaway and convenience store.

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$39 - 650
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is truly 'Paradise found'. The region's most awarded resort holiday park, it's proudly famous for top quality accommodation from budget to spare no expense, for amazing facilities including a 13 slide waterpark, a multi purpose function room The Palm House, activities and for their incredibly helpful, infectiously happy and caring staff.

Beach Club, Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$680 - 880
Awaken to absolute beachfront views at the Beach Club. Surrounded by landscaped gardens on Catseye Beach, the Beach Club Hamilton Island is a boutique retreat exclusively for adults. Romantic, intimate and perfect for couples, the well appointed boutique rooms have a stylish and relaxed beach house vibe, tailor-made for relaxing.

Coral Sea Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$285 - 580
Positioned on the absolute ocean front and just a short stroll via seaside boardwalk to the enchanting Airlie Beach resort village; with its relaxed atmosphere and collection of eclectic shops and cafes;

qualia

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$1050 - 5500
Nestled in the northern most tip of Hamilton Island, qualia is a unique expression of world-class luxury. Immersing guests in a relaxed atmosphere, offering personalised and intuitive service, qualia is a truly special place where everything has been meticulously considered to relax the mind yet completely spoil the senses.
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